Born on January 1, 1919, in New York, J.D. Salinger was a literary giant despite his slim body of work and reclusive lifestyle. His landmark novel, The Catcher in the Rye, set a new course for literature in post-WWII America and vaulted Salinger to the heights of literary fame. In 1953, Salinger moved from New York City and led a secluded life, only publishing one new story before his death.
Best Known For: The Catcher in the Rye
“I don’t know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”
“I’m a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”